Oregon reports 1,440 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 13 new deaths; Tillamook County adds 6 more cases, total cases at 190; OHA statement on Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed 13 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 1,150, Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 1,440 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 92,839. The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (2), Benton (37), Clackamas (99), Clatsop (8), Columbia (4), Coos (8), Crook (9), Curry (5), Deschutes (58), Douglas (11), Hood River (21), Jackson (65), Jefferson (24), Josephine (43), Klamath (47), Lake (4), Lane (109), Lincoln (6), Linn (43), Malheur (13), Marion (134), Morrow (5), Multnomah (307), Polk (20), Tillamook (6), Umatilla (36), Union (18), Wallowa (1), Wasco (8), Washington (256), Wheeler (1), Yamhill (32).

OHA statement on Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Oregon Health Authority is encouraged by news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first emergency use authorization Dec. 11 for a vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The vaccine, made by Pfizer-BioNTech, was found to be 95% effective in Phase 3 clinical trials that involved more than 40,000 participants and caused only mild, temporary side effects, including pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain and fever.

OHA is committed to working with hospitals and other health care providers, as well as pharmacies, long-term care facilities and community-based organizations throughout Oregon to distribute the vaccine quickly, efficiently and in a culturally responsive manner to health care workers, and long-term care facility staff and residents. The agency has embarked on a robust, comprehensive, statewide effort to connect with individuals and organizations representing communities of color, tribal communities and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through a diverse Vaccine Advisory Committee that is co-creating a vaccine distribution plan centering on the experiences of these populations.

“This is truly an historic moment that we should celebrate,” said Patrick Allen, OHA director. “But we’re far from being out of the woods in this pandemic. For most of us, getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is several months away, and in that time we will see more cases and, tragically, more deaths. Everyone should have the opportunity to get the vaccine when it becomes available, so we need to keep doing our part to protect our families, our neighbors and ourselves by doubling down on the basic actions that keep the virus from spreading.”

They include wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing, avoiding gatherings and get-togethers, avoiding traveling, washing your hands and staying home if you’re sick.

County

Cases1

Total deaths2

Baker

358

4

Benton

1046

8

Clackamas

8031

95

Clatsop

451

1

Columbia

651

7

Coos

572

4

Crook

340

6

Curry

192

2

Deschutes

3181

17

Douglas

1179

29

Gilliam

25

1

Grant

158

1

Harney

117

1

Hood River

562

4

Jackson

4769

49

Jefferson

1130

12

Josephine

811

9

Klamath

1360

11

Lake

173

1

Lane

5485

68

Lincoln

758

16

Linn

2050

27

Malheur

2617

45

Marion

11246

179

Morrow

743

7

Multnomah

21156

305

Polk

1566

24

Sherman

26

0

Tillamook

190

0

Umatilla

4845

52

Union

901

10

Wallowa

74

3

Wasco

687

19

Washington

13226

114

Wheeler

11

0

Yamhill

2152

19

Total

92839

1150

1This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases.

3This includes cases who test negative and are not epi-linked to a confirmed case.


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This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases.

3This includes cases who test negative and are not epi-linked to a confirmed case.